See How They Run (2022) is a delightful little British murder mystery that was recently released on HBO Max, starring Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan in a classic Agatha Christie caper. Directed by newcomer Tom George, it has strong Wes Anderson overtones, which, if you like Wes Anderson, is not at all a bad thing. I like Wes Anderson and am always stymied by his films because he sets them in a pseudo-historical world with no fixed historical timeline, so I can’t really talk about them on this blog. See How They Run saves me from that problem by being firmly set in 1953, incorporating real historical figures like the actor Richard Attenborough. Agatha Christie (played by Shirley Henderson) even makes an appearance. The adherence to historical accuracy is pretty strict insofar as the costumes and sets go, but considerable liberties are taken with the historical characters (an irony that won’t escape our readers when one of the characters tries to placate another by stating that factual events need to be treated with respect and not just twisted for entertainment purposes).
The costumes were designed by Odile Dicks-Mireaux (most recently of Last Night in Soho fame) and reflect the wide variety of fashionable silhouettes emerging in a post-World War II world. There are full skirts side-by-side with fitted pencil skirts and smartly tailored jackets on the women. Most of the men wear suits, either tuxedos or business suits, but subtle changes in fit or styling convey loads of information about the characters’ place in society.
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